Small Business Saturday promotes shopping locally

Vicki Dietz, of The Shoppes at Coker’s and Southern Crossroad Creations LLC, said her business, along with the 19 other shops located in the historic former Coca-Cola bottling facility will have special sales for Small Business Saturday shoppers looking for Christmas gifts.

For those wishing to use this holiday weekend to kick off their holiday shopping, local Tullahoma shops can offer a wide range of giftable items.

One place offering just the special items for people to check off on their lists is The Shoppes of Coker’s, located at 401 Wilson Ave.

According to owner Vicki Dietz, The Shoppes of Coker’s has 20 different small businesses operating within the historic former Coca-Cola bottling facility, all of which will have special sales on Saturday to promote Small Business Saturday.

“There’s different varieties of items, from women’s to children’s clothing” and beyond, Dietz said.

“We have home décor, we have gifts items, pottery [and] even wood items – pretty much anything that people would want to come and check off on their lists,” she said.

Each of the 20 business owners are slated to have their own special sales on Saturday, including Dietz’s own wood-crafting business, Southern Crossroads Creations LLC.

“Everything in my shop will be 20 percent off on Saturday,” she said.

There will be plenty of percentage-off sales to be found inside the Coker building, Dietz added.

While Black Friday can be seen as the big sale day for Christmas presents, Dietz said she wanted to focus on Small Business Saturday primarily.

“A lot of people shop the big box stores [on Black Friday], and obviously, small businesses can’t compete with some of the sales that the box chains have,” she said.

Additionally, she said, she wanted to lend her support toward those like herself who venture into the small business world.

“I have a passion for small business owners,” Dietz said. “If you have a dream, and you want to become a small business, I am there back behind you and pushing you forward.”

Dietz is also co-owner of local security company Executive Protection Bureau with her husband, so she is deeply entrenched in the small business community in Tullahoma and appreciates those who dive into that world.

“We’ve raised our family on small business,” she said.

A comprehensive list of all the sales that will be going on throughout the Shoppes on Saturday can be found on The Shoppes of Coker’s Facebook page, Dietz said.

“They can preview all of the sales that we have going on,” she said.

Discounts up to 50 percent off will be available inside the various boutique businesses, according to the list. At least three of the shops are advertising 15-percent-off sales, including Cottage & Bungalow, Salon Allure, and Linda’s Boutique. There are also “buy-one-get-one” sales happening at retailers Penguin Stew, BriLi Joi and Pam’s Pretties.

Dietz also said there will be an opportunity for shoppers to register for a gift certificate drawing if they stop by on Saturday.

“We’ll have a drawing for two gift certificates,” she told The News. “We’ll have one for $100 and another for $50 that they can use toward any of the shops that are located in The Shoppes of Coker’s.”

For more information on all the sales taking place this Saturday, visit The Shoppes of Coker’s on Facebook or call 571-8444.

Erin McCullough may be reached at